If you've never made an emergency purchase the morning of an event, then you deserve a medal. In my circle of friends, it's basically our weekend hobby (I need to get some more organised friends). We often find that we use racing season as an excuse to run out and buy something new to wear and then the accessories to match at the last minute. Our lack of organisation means it's always an ill-informed decision, and the purchase ends up sitting at the back of the closet after race day.
This year, we will not do that (and neither will you). There's a way to tackle racing season without having to go out and specifically feel the pressure to buy something just for race day. You can be smart, and buy something new for the day that you'll continue to wear long after you've left the racecourse.
We've shortlisted seven accessory brands that are perfect for race day and beyond. Keep scrolling to discover and shop our edit.
These mini-studs are perfect for your everyday.
Styling tip: Layer it over a long-sleeve top.
One long, one short, is there anything cooler?
We can already imagine these freshwater pearl earrings worn with a plain white tee and vintage denim.
We've never seen a pair of earrings more perfect for the drama of Melbourne Cup day.
These crinkled texture earrings will certainly turn heads.
And after the races, you can wear it straight down to the beach.
Make any outfit that little bit more elegant with a black straw hat.
Perfect for casual weekends.
Where would you wear it other than the races? To dress up a simple slip dress for a special event.
You'll keep this for years to come (because it will go with anything you wear on any future race day).
This understated headband will work with hair out or an up-do.
The quickest way to brighten up an old faithful dress.
Anyone else feelin' this for Derby Day?
This mini bag fits all the essentials (as in your keys, credit card, phone, and lipstick).
Our favourite part? You can have the bag embossed with your initials in gold or silver.
A sling bag is the best way to keep your hands free. One for a glass of champagne, and the other so you can place your bets.
After race day, use this oversized clutch as your every day bag (just for something different).
This colour. That is all.
Upper embellishment takes these white mules to the next level.
A block heel is the most comfortable type of heel to stand in at the races all day.